summer’14 summer intensive

July 23, 2014

“The summer of 2014, I have attended the Philadelphia Ballet School’s June, July, and will attend the first half of the August intensives. I am currently a college student at Ursinus College, where our main focus is modern. Growing up, however, I have done most of my training in classical ballet. Philadelphia Ballet School’s summer intensives have allowed me to find new meaning and breath behind classical ballet. I was able to tie together my previous ballet strengths with my new modern strengths. This has allowed me to grow and develop into a well-rounded dancer.

I was also an intern this summer for the Philadelphia Ballet School. It was a new perspective for me, since I am typically only in the studio dancing. Being behind the desk and learning the ins and outs of what makes a ballet school and company run was interesting. The behind the scenes of what goes on in a studio gave me a new appreciation for being in the studio. I learned so much this summer, not only in the dance world, but also in the business world. “

Christina Monteleone

Philadelphia Ballet School Summer’14 Intern

Ursinus College Student 2013-2017


Sept. Performances

September 5, 2013

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BalletFleming

September 5, 2013

New Season BalletFleming

September 5, 2013
Alie’s Blog. Ballet Fleming Apprentice 2013
 
Hi, my name is Alie Reehorst. I grew up in Northern Michigan and have come to Philadelphia to be an apprentice with Ballet Fleming. I graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy for dance in 2009. I then went on to dance at the University of Michigan, a modern department, and recently graduated with a BFA degree in dance in May. I was encouraged by a friend to audition for Ballet Fleming. I auditioned in August with 23 other applicants and within 2 weeks I signed on with an apprentice contract.
 
It has been my dream to be a dancer with a contemporary ballet company. And I am thrilled to be here in Philadelphia.
 
Day 1: 10 AM start. Wearing my lucky black leotard, I took my place at the barre. Looking around me I saw 8 male professionals and 7 female professionals among us apprentices. The company is from all over the world and each adds something different to Christopher Fleming’s company. Many of the new members were very nervous however Christopher put our minds at ease. It was very different than being in a college situation.
 
When rehearsals started I wasn’t sure if I would be cast. We started with Adrianna de Svastich’s piece, a principal dancer in the company, and I am one of 4 “second understudies.” It is a beautiful piece and I cannot wait to see it performed at the end of this month. Next rehearsal Christopher came in and called the whole company. He put the Harry Nielson music on and immediately got down to choreographing. It is a busy train scene and we carry a suitcase, or in my case, hat box. Christopher choreographs to his dancers and his brain runs a million miles a minute. I am in the ballet and I have begun my career as a ballet dancer.
 
Thank you, I will be writing more as the days go on. 
Alie 
 

 

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Conversations with Alice Part 4

May 15, 2013

Conversations with Alice- Part 4
The shows at the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood, NJ was successful. Now we are getting ready for our shows at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia. To get tickets go to balletfleming.org or call us at 215-454-2858.
Meet Adrianna de Svastich, BalletFleming company member, who will be playing Alice in the upcoming production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. She will be answering all of your questions about ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the ballet, her dancing experiences, pointe shoes, and more.
1) What do you think made Alice go down the rabbit hole?


Curiosity made Alice follow the White Rabbit and then go down the rabbit hole. Though Alice was very bored listening to her sister teacher her lessons, causing her to daydream.
2) What was your strangest experience in Wonderland?
I have to say the strangest experience while in Wonderland was going down the rabbit hole. It’s really dark, the whole time I have no clue which way is up! In the ballet, I my feet never touch the ground as I am carried through the rabbit hole by the rabbit hole attendants aka the rabbit hole ninjas.

3) What is your favorite part to dance in the ballet?


The pas de deux I do with the Caterpillar is my favorite dancing scene, but I enjoy the chance to be silly during the tea party.
4) If I come to the performance can I meet you afterwards?
Yes, absolutely!
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Alice is coming this week

May 8, 2013

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ALICE Part 3

May 8, 2013

Conversations with Alice- Part 3
BalletFleming has been very busy rehearsing for Alice in Wonderland. Our first set of shows is this Saturday at the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood, NJ. To get tickets go to balletfleming.org or call us at 215-454-2858.
Meet Adrianna de Svastich, BalletFleming company member, who will be playing Alice in the upcoming production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. She will be answering all of your questions about ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the ballet, her dancing experiences, pointe shoes, and more.
1) What is your method in approaching the role Alice in a ballet?


Alice is a very curious person, so a priority is trying to convey that yearning to know and experience everything she comes across. She is also slightly naïve, but comes out stronger in the end.
2) How do you think Alice fits in with the rest of the characters from Wonderland?
Even though she doesn’t quite fit in with the other characters, she is always willing to learn about them during her interactions. During her dances with all of them she is really trying to get to know them.


3) What is your favorite character that you interact during your trip to Wonderland?


I like the character of the Cheshire Cat; Tyler Savoie does a great job with the role.
4) Who is your favorite Ballerina?


Growing up I really looked up to Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Sylvie Guillem and Darci Kistler, who was one of my teachers at SAB. Recently I’ve been watching a lot of footage of Natalia Osipova. Her strong sense of athleticism coupled with her flawless grace makes her one of my favorite dancers to watch. She defies all sense of gravity when she jumps, and I hope to see her perform live someday.


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